Junjie Shen completed his BEng and MEng in Environmental Engineering at Beijing University of Chemical Technology in China. In 2016, Junjie received his PhD in Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University under the supervision of Dr Valeria Arrighi, Professor Martin McCoustra, Professor Andrea Schäfer and Professor Bryce Richards. During his PhD, Junjie worked in collaboration with the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland (DWQR) to develop a solar-powered membrane filtration system for fluoride and natural organic matter removal from natural water.
In 2016, Junjie joined the University of Bath as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate working with Dr Darrell Patterson and Dr Emma Emanuelsson. He was part of a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project to develop externally tuneable membrane reactors for homogeneous catalyst separation.
In 2018, Junjie was awarded a five-year Engineering for Development Research Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). The RAEng fellowships are designed to advance excellence in engineering by enabling early-career academics to concentrate on basic research in any field of engineering. Awardees also receive mentoring from an experienced Academy Fellow, providing valuable advice and industry links that will enable the researchers to establish themselves as future leaders in their fields. Junjie' research will focus on developing a new capacitive deionization technology to provide fluoride-free water to local communities in East Africa.
Junjie’s research interests cover a wide range of sustainable water treatment technologies, including (1) nanofiltration and reverse osmosis, (2) nanoporous adsorbent materials, (3) photocatalysis, and (4) capacitive deionization.
In his spare time Junjie enjoys hiking, swimming, and reading.